The newest leader of the Cleveland Browns‘ front office has been tasked with the same assignment that each of his last dozen predecessors have had – find a good quarterback.
As Browns owner Jimmy Haslam introduced new general manager John Dorsey at Friday’s press conference, he made it clear that finding a leader under center is the top goal.
“That will be John’s No. 1 priority,” Haslam said Friday, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “The Cleveland Browns are not going to be successful until we get a quarterback. We’re going to do whatever it takes to find a quarterback we need to be successful.”
Of course, the Browns have invested ample draft picks and free-agency money to acquire passers in recent years, with 2017 second-rounder DeShone Kizer, 2016 third-rounder Cody Kessler, and 2016 signee Kevin Hogan currently occupying their quarterback room. Haslam said those pivots will be part of the evaluation process, but that other options will most definitely be considered.
“We obviously have DeShone,” Haslam said. “We have two other quarterbacks on the roster. We’re going to look at free agency, and we’re going to look at the draft. We have a substantial amount of capital.
“During the process, we’ve gotten to know each other very well over the last several weeks. (Dorsey) would tell you if you asked him, ‘What did Jimmy ask you more than anything?’ It was about quarterback.”
For his part, Dorsey said he’ll spend time evaluating the quarterbacks on the roster and that he likes Kizer, having worked him out as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs‘ front office before last spring’s draft.